Google Suspends Business with Huawei


USA internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world's smartphones, has said it is beginning to cut ties with China's Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat.

Controversy around Huawei has until this point centred on its telecommunications infrastructure business, which sells gear to phone companies to run their networks.

We reported back in March that Huawei has been prepping for such actions taken by Google at the behest of the USA government.

If this ends up being true, it would be a critical blow to Huawei's smartphone business. "It seems safe to anticipate that such permission would not be extended to Huawei, so if Google does cut off the company, it would simply be following the law". The ban was enacted when Huawei was placed on a so-called Entity List, which bars the company from purchasing equipment from US companies without prior government approval, something the Commerce Department is unlikely to give in the near future.

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The telecommunications company said Thursday it spends more than $1 out of every $7 of its annual US$70 billion procurement budget buying components from USA firm - meaning they will be hurt by Trump's ban.

Huawei is one of a number of phone manufacturers who use the Google-developed Android operating systems on its phones and tablets. In other words, the forthcoming Huawei devices will public version of Android and it will lack Google's proprietary apps and services.

That will severely curtail the sale of Huawei smartphones overseas, though it's unclear when those apps - which are popular mainly outside of China - will become unavailable. Any new Huawei devices would no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps. However, Google will stop providing technical and collaboration support for Android and Google services. "[It could also] create its own OS much like Apple did, but that is a long road and it would need to build up a developer community from scratch". Not many people expected it but Google will be discontinuing any service that may involve technology, software, and hardware.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has indicated consumers are entitled to a refund or replacement under rights contained in Australian consumer law, and these rights extend to "software or security updates that are required for mobile devices to operate effectively". Rather, there are numerous third-party app store available where customers get their apps.